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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 23, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Lecture 5



 WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
 Department of History

 HI 210: GERMAN HISTORY, 1648-1871

 

Frederick The Great's Wars of Conquest and Survival

1.    Frederick II ( the Great, 1744-86): "Tobacco Parliament" vs. Sons Souci
      - Personality and ruler
      - The "big crisis" : "run-away" and Frederick's "reformation"
      - Rheinberg: a king in the making

2.   The Conquest of Silesia, 1740-45
      - Pragmatic Sanction (1713/1720)
      - Maria Theresa: strength and weakness
      - Frederick's miscalculation

3.   The War of "to be or not to be": The Seven Years War, 1756-63
      - Count Kaunitz's anti-Prussian Coalition
      - Battles lost and battles won
      - Prussia's survival and the Greatness of Frederick

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- Sophia Dorothea (Queen of Prussia, wife of Frederick William)
- Princess Wilhelmina (Frederick's favourite sister)
- Hans Hermann von Katte (best friend of young Frederick II)

- Charles XII (Swedish king, military genius)
- Prince Eugene of Savoy (outstanding Austrian general and statesman)

- War of the Austrian Succession, 1740-48 (unleashed by Frederick's invasion of Silesia)
- The "Pragmatic Army"
- Peace of Dresden, 1745

- Rossbach, 1757
- Leuthen, 1757
- Kunersdorf, 1759